Robert Moog: Music Pioneer

In 1965, Robert Moog invented the Moog synthesizer, an electronic keyboard that creates otherworldly sounding electronic music. His instrument went on to usher in a new era of rock and electronic music. The Beatles used a Moog synthesizer on their 1969 Abbey Road album.

Moog also had a lifelong interest in the Theremin, a Russian musical instrument also known for its eerie sounds.

He died Sunday at his home in Asheville, N.C., age 71. He had been suffering from an inoperable brain tumor.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.